Library Essentials for Christmas: Top Tips to Help you Access Resources From Home

The holidays are fast approaching so here’s a few handy tips to guide you through the festive season!

The Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 23rd December and re-opens on Thursday 5th January 2017.

Don’t worry – no Library books or loans you have will be due back when we’re closed!

Hopefully you’ll get plenty of time to relax and enjoy a mince pie or five, but if you want to get cracking with coursework you can access ALL of our online resources from home.  However, to make sure you can get to the book or article you’re after as easily as possible without having to hunt for the right login option, always use LibrarySearch or the links on our Library web pages.

LibrarySearch

With LibrarySearch you can quickly and easily get to the full text of most* of our resources from one simple search box.  You’ll find all items from reading lists on LibrarySearch, whether they’re print or online resources. *If you’re looking for specialist content, you need to go direct to the following resources: Westlaw, Lexis Library, Construction Information Service, and Key Note.

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Always sign in (top right) before you start searching as this will allow you to save items from your results list for later and check the due dates of any items you’ve borrowed (My Account)

There’s a help section on the LibrarySearch home screen – just scroll down past the boxes and select the tab you want.  There’s some top tips here on searching and refining.

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Here’s a quick overview video showing you around LibrarySearch:

Here’s a quick guide to finding items from a reading list on LibrarySearch:

A-Z Online Resources and Subject Guides

If you prefer to search your favourite databases directly (who doesn’t have a favourite database?!) rather than using LibrarySearch, please use the links provided on the A-Z Online Resources page or from your designated Subject Guide.  These links have authentication built in so will prompt you for your network username and password.  If you use Google when on-campus, you’ll still get through to the full-text articles as we’ve got IP authentication enabled for all of our subscribed content.  If you try that off-campus, you’ll spend ages hunting around for the correct login (institutional/Shibboleth, never Athens) before you finally get to the Abertay content – or often, you won’t be able to access it at all via Google.  To keep things nice and simple, use these links for access.

Google Scholar

If Google Scholar is where you go to search for articles, make sure you’re not missing out on all those great resources the Library pays loads of money for!  Again, when you’re on-campus you don’t need to worry as our content is set up to show as available in Google Scholar.  If you’re searching at home, just go to: Settings > Library Links then search for Abertay (Show Library Access Links For) and tick the box for View It @ Abertay.  You can also choose to export directly from Google Scholar into RefWorks.  Go to: Settings > Search Results > Bibliography Manager then pick RefWorks from the drop-down and click save.  Hey presto!  You’ll now get links to all of our subscribed content in your results list and see an Import into RefWorks link under all results.  This will help you to keep track of all those important articles you find – no more scribbling references on bits of paper!

Click here for more help and info on Google Scholar.

Following these tips will ensure that you are able to access all of the same content and resources from home as you can when you’re in the Library.

And finally, have a great holiday and we’ll see you all in 2017!

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Library and IT Drop-in CANCELLED Tuesday 13th December

Hello,

Our Library & IT drop-in session is cancelled tomorrow, Tuesday 13th December, 11-12, due to a staff meeting.  Library Services will be unavailable all day but if you have any urgent queries, please email us on library@abertay.ac.uk or go to SEZ on Level 1 of the Library.  We’ll get back to you as soon as we can on Wednesday.

Our drop-ins on Wednesday 14th December (12-1) and Thursday 15th December (3-4) will go ahead as normal in the IT Training Suite, Level 2, Library.  So, please do pop along and see us if you need help or advice.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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StudySkills@Abertay – Get Started Using Abertay’s Information and Study Skills Resources

Did you know there’s one place where you can access all the online help, guides and tutorials available from Library Services and Learner Development Services?  Well, there is!

What is it?

StudySkills@Abertay pages are designed to enable all students, whether full-time, part-time, or distance learners, to get started using Abertay’s information and study skills resources.

What does it help me with?

  • Find out when Library, IT & Learner Development drop-in sessions and workshops are held
  • How to find information for coursework
  • How to reference sources used in coursework
  • Which referencing style to use
  • How to format your dissertation
  • How to structure coursework
  • How to take notes
  • How to find feedback on coursework submitted to Blackboard
  • And lots more! (for full details check the menu topics on the left of the screen)

Where is it?

StudySkills@Abertay is available via Blackboard (under the ‘Blackboard Resources’ section) – no registration necessary!  If you’re a student here, you’ve got access to this incredibly useful resource.

Go to StudySkills@Abertay right now using this link

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Resource Alert: Scheduled Maintenance ProQuest Ebook Central Saturday 15th October 2016

The ProQuest Ebook Central platform will be unavailable for approximately three hours on Saturday15th October 2016, from 6pm to 9pm, due to scheduled maintenance.

If you have any questions about this, or any other Library resource, please contact us

Students: Win a £50 Amazon voucher!

We need you to complete a short questionnaire on our current University Library facilities for the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

The University is planning to upgrade and redevelop the Library building and transform it into a true 21st century learning environment. Student feedback is vital in the planning of this space – it’s your library, so we would like you to tell us what you want!

Click on the link below to complete the short questionnaire and in turn you will be entered in to a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher – remember to fill in your student number to be entered in to the draw.

Library Feedback Questionnaire

Copies of the questionnaire are also available at the SEZ desk in the Library.

The closing date for completion of the questionnaire is 21st October. The winner will be announced shortly after.

If you have any queries, please contact businessservices@abertay.ac.uk.

 

Reminder: replace old bookmarked URLs with LibrarySearch

Hello!

Just a reminder that if you have old links to Summon or the Library Catalogue bookmarked, these should be deleted as these services are no longer active.  Please replace these with the LibrarySearch URL

With LibrarySearch you can search our collections (electronic and print), check your account (renew loans, place requests, pay fines etc.) all in one place!

Bookmark URL

If you have any queries about LibrarySearch, please let us know at library@abertay.ac.uk or, if you need to report any issues with LibrarySearch (error messages, broken links, functionality etc.) please contact librarysystems@abertay.ac.uk

Thanks 🙂

Welcome to LibrarySearch – Our new Library system is now live

Our Library System is live!

Library Services are very excited to announce that our new Library system is now live! Both Summon and the Library Catalogue have been replaced with a system called LibrarySearch – it has all the functionality (and more) of both those systems but in a single, simple interface.

Summon is still currently working so this is more of a gradual switch over than a sudden switch off.  We’re in a transitional phase right now where Summon and the Library catalogue and all of our associated links, support pages and guidance are being replaced.  This should be a smooth process with minimal disruption to our staff and students.  But, if you do have any concerns or encounter any problems, please get in touch.

More about LibrarySearch

You can search all of our print books and journals, games and DVDs, eBooks and online journal articles, conference proceedings, databases* and much more from a single, simple interface!

*There are a few of specialist databases which we recommend searching separately.  What you are and are not searching is clearly marked on the LibrarySearch home page.

LibrarySearch is very similar to Summon with its simple keyword search and refining via facets and filters.  However, it also provides added features and functionality to make the user experience even easier.  LibrarySearch is intuitive to use, is fully mobile-optimised so can be viewed on any device, and provides enriched discovery with features such as recommendations and citation trails.

Key points to Note:

  • Simple interface – LibrarySearch is the single place to go to search for physical and online content, renew your loans, pay fines, place requests and more. (It is necessary to log-in to LibrarySearch using your network username and password before you start searching.  This provides streamlined access and enhanced functionality)
  • Increased functionalityLibrarySearch allows you to discover and view online content without leaving the interface. Tabs provide links to various services including placing requests via Interlibrary Loan (some fees apply) and viewing citations via Web of Science and Scopus.
  • Auto-renewals – If there are no requests on items you’ve borrowed, the system will automatically renew these for you as if by magic! Normal loans (28 days) and weekly loans can auto-renew twice and Overnight loans can auto-renew once.
  • Overnight loans – Short Loans have been re-vamped as Overnight Loans. These high-demand items can be booked in advance, can be auto-renewed once (providing there are no other bookings) and have a reduced fine rate of 50p per hour.
  • Increased borrowing – Postgraduate students and researchers can now borrow up to 20 items.
  • RefWorks – You will still be able to export citations directly into RefWorks via Saved Items/My Account in LibrarySearch (switching from Summon to LibrarySearch has no impact on your existing RefWorks folders)
  • No loss of access – You will still have access to all content you do currently.  Individual collections and databases should still be accessed via your Subject Guides.
  • Help and Support – there’s a handy help guide on the LibrarySearch homepage.  Click the tabs to read more about each topic.  More user guides and videos will follow soon.

You can find LibrarySearch here.  Please bookmark this link for future reference.

Let us know what you think!  If you have feedback on LibrarySearch or discover any issues, please email us on librarysystems@abertay.ac.uk

We’re really looking forward to talking to you all and showing you LibrarySearch in action during our classes, workshops and drop-ins!

Introducing LibrarySearch! New Library System Goes Live 30th June 2016

Library Services are very excited to announce that our new Library system will go live on Thursday 30th June 2016.

Our current Library Management System,Voyager, will be replaced by Alma and our Resource Discovery System, Summon, will be replaced by Primo.  Both products are provided by Ex Libris and are used in Universities all around the world.  These new products are fully integrated which means we are waving goodbye to our old friend the Library Catalogue.  There’s now a single way to search for print and online content and it looks a little something like this:

Alma

Alma is a next-generation Library Management Solution which means that behind-the-scenes workflows such as ordering and processing our physical stock and activating our online content is far more unified and streamlined.  This is good news for us but even better news for our staff and students as it allows for a better level of service.

Primo (AKA LibrarySearch)

Primo is a Resource Discovery System similar to Summon and will replace both it and the Library Catalogue.  We’ve branded our version of Primo as LibrarySearch – and it does exactly that: search all of our print books and journals, games and DVDs, eBooks and online journal articles, conference proceedings, databases* and much more from a single, simple interface!

*There are a few of specialist databases which we recommend searching separately.  What you are and are not searching is clearly marked on the LibrarySearch home page.

LibrarySearch is very similar to Summon with its simple keyword search and refining via facets and filters.  However, it also provides added features and functionality to make the user experience even easier.  LibrarySearch is intuitive to use, is fully mobile-optimised so can be viewed on any device, and provides enriched discovery with features such as recommendations and citation trails.

No need to worry about learning how to use another search tool – if you can use Google, you can use LibrarySearch.

Results display in LibrarySearch in a similar way to Summon (see below)  You can refine using facets, filters and a date slider on the left of the screen and access services and additional functionality via the tabs on the middle of the screen under each result and also to the right of the screen:

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Example of the LibrarySearch mobile interface (on iPhone)

LibrarySearch – Preview

You can have a sneak peek of LibrarySearch here – try some searches and see what you think of the user interface.

**Please remember that this is not live until 30th June – we’re still working on content for the home page and some functionality is being tweaked. Please just use this for testing, don’t try to renew or place requests etc.**

Key Changes

Here’s a very quick overview of some of the key changes you’ll see as a result of the new system from a user perspective.

  • LibrarySearch – the single place to go to search for physical and online content, renew your loans, pay fines, place requests and more. *It is necessary to log-in to LibrarySearch using your network username and password before you start searching.  This provides streamlined access and enhanced functionality*
  • Increased functionality – LibrarySearch allows you to discover and view online content without leaving the interface. Tabs provide links to various services including placing requests via Interlibrary Loan (some fees apply)
  • Auto-renewals – If there are no requests on items you’ve borrowed, the system will automatically renew these for you as if by magic! Normal loans (28 days) and weekly loans can auto-renew twice and Overnight loans can auto-renew once.
  • Overnight loans – Short Loans have been re-vamped as Overnight Loans. These high-demand items can be booked in advance, can be auto-renewed once (providing there are no other bookings) and have a reduced fine rate of 50p per hour.
  • Increased borrowing – Postgraduate students and researchers can now borrow up to 20 items.

Future developments – Reading List System

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s more!  Towards the end of August we’ll be launching Leganto which is a Reading List System also provided by Ex Libris so will work seamlessly with our new Library System.  In addition, Leganto will be integrated with Blackboard.  You can find out more here

Minimal Disruption to Services

We’ve been busy beavering away on this for well over a year now: cleaning and migrating data, getting trained up on all aspects of the system (we even had to sit an exam to become Alma Certified Administrators!), configuring workflows and making sure all our systems and resources are integrated correctly, and of course working on getting the LibrarySearch interface just right…

We’ve tried to have as little disruption as possible to all Library services during the various phases of the project.  As we ‘re now very much on the last leg and are switching things over, there will be some interruptions. Self-service facilities (book issues, returns, online renewals, holds and recalls or fine payments) are unavailable between Monday 27th June and Thursday 30th June. Books and other materials can still be taken out on loan, but will need to be issued manually from the SEZ desk on Level 1.

We will also be unable to process any new library memberships or any SCONUL Access/Dundee University library authorisations during this period.

Apologies for this disruption but this slight blip is unavoidable at this point in the switch over.

Help and Support

As mentioned, LibrarySearch is very similar to Summon and is nice and easy to use.  However, we will still be proving help and support as well as guidance on the various features and functionality – the Library intranet pages and YouTube channel will be updated over the coming weeks to include shiny new videos, FAQs, user guides etc.  We’ll also be communicating with you regularly via our social media channels giving updates and top tips.  If you’re not already following us, please do!  Here’s our Twitter and our Facebook links for you.

Feedback

We’d love to hear your thoughts on LibrarySearch.  If you have any suggestions for improvements or encounter any teething problems, please contact us on librarysystems@abertay.ac.uk 

We’re really looking forward to talking to you all and showing you LibrarySearch in action during our classes, workshops and drop-ins!

High five from all of us in Library Services.